Cheryl Lightner's Fundraising Page
Join my team and walk with me - and if you can't make the walk, you can still help out with a donation!
Your generosity in the form of a donation will aid in the research efforts of Dr. Armando Sardi to help find a cure for peritoneal carcinamatosis. As most of you are aware, I was diagnosed back in 2005 with a rare form of this cancer that originated in my appendix. Been to hell and back, so to speak, so it's my turn to give back by raising funds for this cause. It's been almost three years since my last surgery, and all seems well right now! Thank you, Dr. Sardi!
Peritoneal carcinomatosis can be caused by tumors of the appendix, colon, rectum, ovary, stomach and small bowel, and from primary peritoneal tumors and mesothelioma. Dr. Sardi is one of the earliest practitioners of heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This unusual procedure, which can take as long as 10 hours, kills microscopic cancer cells in the abdomen and can dramatically increase survival rates. Dr. Sardi and his colleagues have conducted groundbreaking research to provide scientifically proven treatment protocols for patients world-wide, deepen knowledge about the disease, and better understand the physiological genesis and development of peritoneal tumors.
The success of Heat It to Beat It depends upon the generosity of individuals like you, whose support can make a significant difference in the lives of myself and patients around the world who are diagnosed with peritoneal carcinomatosis. We also want to spread the word about this disease, as it commonly goes undetected or is diagnosed incorrectly. I had no symptoms other than an expanding waistline - had I not found that to be unusual or counted it as part of the aging process, the disease may have gotten the best of me and taken me out of the game.
Dr. Sardi is, in my opinion, one of the finest surgeons in his field. If it were not for this most wonderful man, I may not still be here on this earth living, laughing and loving life. Not only is he skilled in the operating room, his bedside manner is beyond compare - and anyone who has had the pleasure to meet this great man will agree that he is truly amazing. Please help me help him so that he can in turn help all of whom are diagnosed with this horrible disease to stay alive.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. You don't need to physically participate in the walk to make a contribution. Your donation, large or small is greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone on your list who may want to help out also!
If you prefer to mail in your donation, you may make your checks payable to Mercy Medical Center and mail to me:
P.O. Box 734
Forest Hill, MD 21050